OLD TOWN, Maine — The City Council on Monday night stepped back from a proposal to construct a new $2.8 million City Hall. Instead the council directed City Manager Peggy Daigle to revisit and present information on other available options, including renovation of the Erland Sleight Building on lower Main Street or continuing to lease space for city administration.
A new City Hall has been on the city’s wish list for about 10 years. For the past four years, city administrative staff has worked out of rented space in the Bangor Savings Bank building on Main Street, with council meetings conducted in a conference room at the Old Town Public Library.
A proposal to renovate the city-owned Erland Sleight Building for about $1.3 million met with popular approval earlier this year but was put on the back burner when some residents said the new City Hall should be more centrally located.
The proposal to construct a new $2.8 million building on city-owned land behind the public library was aired at a recent council meeting, with Daigle and some councilors speaking in support of the new construction plan and others rejecting the steeper price tag. Public comments at that meeting also were divided.
Monday’s vote sends the issue back to Daigle’s office for re-evaluation.
In other business, the council approved a $57,263 bid to construct a new concrete ramp at the Old Town Public Library and voted against removing any stop signs or streetlights in the city.
The council also set a Dec. 1 public hearing on rezoning a section of Stillwater Avenue near the Orono line from residential to commercial. The time of that meeting has not yet been established but will be posted on the city’s Web site, www.old-town.org.